By Damo Gotamo
The speech of prime minister Abiye on his yearly report back to the parliament, notably his response to the Kelil question in the South, has thrilled the residents of Awassa. After the speech, individuals have been seen high-fiving one another in the streets of the town.
For all residents of the town who’ve been underneath siege by the Sidama extremists for a yr, the prime minster’s firm response was the only good thing that has occurred to them because the new management came to energy. For many, the robust response was long overdue. The response was what individuals have been anticipating. The saying higher late than never couldn’t be more applicable. I don’t assume the individuals in Awassa would show the emotions they have shown if the Ethiopian nationwide soccer group have been to win a World Cup.
Awassa residents have suffered underneath Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs for a very long time, and the spectacular forewarning of the prime minster stands out as the signal of excellent factor to return. Many are hoping good things will happen quickly. The frustration of Dr. Abiye was born out of many felony actions and mindless acts of the Sidama extremists and their minion the so referred to as Ejjeettos. Individuals in Awassa, including myself, have been demanding the federal government take sever motion towards the ethnic lords in the city. Relating to the extremist parts in the region, Awassa residents are behind the prime minster. What prompted the prime minster to fireside a warning shot?
No different rouge group has challenged the endurance of the new administration just like the Sidama extremists. The dictators of the previous regimes wouldn’t have tolerated the rogue group the best way the Abiye administration did. Again and again, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have acted like a spoiled baby. Those that had been hiding through the 27 years of the TPLF rule, out of the blue awoke from their hibernation to pose a menace to the nation through the time of hope.
Barely a couple of months after Dr. Abiye turned the prime minster of the country, the extremists ordered the killings and displacements of peaceable Wolita residents of Awassa. Many harmless individuals have been burned alive. Hundreds misplaced their houses and properties. Ladies and youngsters stayed in shelters for several months. The effect of the heinous crime continues to be lingering in the minds of many residents of the town. To the dismay of many residents of the town, the government didn’t take motion to punish the perpetrators of the crime. Emboldened by the government’s inaction, the ethnic entrepreneurs have continued to commit several crimes in a span of a yr.
Shortly after the Wolita bloodbath, the Sidama extremists blazed to the ground an enormous market place in the middle of the town. The outlets belonged to the non-Sidamas residents of the town. Individuals who worked exhausting to personal small businesses have been left penniless in a single day. The motive of the heinous crime was to chase out the non-Sidamas from the market and provides the place to a Sidama business man. Many people are nonetheless out on the streets begging to survive. As yet, nobody has been apprehended to face justice.
Many occasions through the past months, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have pressured government institutions, faculties, banks, and different businesses to latch their doorways during working days. Consequently, for many days, the government institutions couldn’t present providers to their clients. Faculties closed their doorways to college students. Youngsters couldn’t attend faculty on a daily, which has affected their progress. Banks lost in hundreds of thousands negatively impacting their businesses. Even some factories on the Awassa Industrial Park needed to cease operations because of the security considerations brought on by ethnic thugs. Again, the federal government chose to not act.
The Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have used soccer stadiums as a convenient venue to promote their political agenda. They’ve educated and marched unemployed youth to the stadiums, on many events, to insult and taunt gamers and followers.
The lawlessness at football matches in Awassa reached a climax when the infamous Ejjeetto with the assistance of the town’s police physically attacked soccer fans. Followers, together with off obligation members of the army, who have been in attendance to observe the match between Wolita Dicha and Sidama police have been assaulted and injured. The members of the Ejjeetto continued their crime spree outdoors the stadium by partaking in mass looting and destruction of properties.
Apprehensive by the continued violence at football stadiums within the nation, on Might 7, 2009, I wrote a brief piece entitled, “Droop Football in Ethiopia.” I used to be thrilled to hear the prime minister rose the difficulty to the parliament and vowed to take applicable motion towards ethnic entrepreneurs who use the government money to launch their ethnic agendas.
Three months ago, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs had carried out one of the brazen acts up to now. Their action was eerily just like what befell in Bahri Dar every week in the past except no that no photographs have been fired. The criminals simply handed the safety verify, which was protected by the Southern Kelil Police Drive. They entered into the assembly that was happening among the members of the Southern Nations and Nationalities and Individuals’s Area (SNNPR). They removed the nation’s flag and positioned their rag, and beat and injured many members of the social gathering. A authorities official sustained critical damage to his physique.
The Police Pressure, which was supposed to protect the government officials, did nothing to stop the thugs. Apparently, as I have later came upon, the Sidama extremists easily infiltrated the drive and attacked the government officials. It isn’t troublesome to think about what would have happened if the criminals had carried weapons. As soon as once more, the government ignored the crime and did not deliver the perpetrators to justice.
Along with the above felony acts, the Sidama extremists have been engaged in extortion, forceful displacements, harassment, and financial crimes within the city. In the midst of all these illegal acts, the government didn’t punish the criminals.
Motivated by their prolonged crimes and the inaction of the government, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs have brazenly started bragging about declaring their Kelil on July 18, 2019. They’ve informed us that they’ve ready their very own structure and flag. People who are getting ready to declare a new country don’t brag the best way the Sidama extremists have been bragging.
Politically naive individuals with a 3rd grade schooling, who’ve infested the federal government paperwork in Awassa don’t understand what their unlawful motion would mean to the fragile peace and stability of the country. They assume the government that squashed Abdi Mohammed Omar(Abdi lley) and his properly armed Liyue drive in a matter of days would succumb to some extremists, who would run to the countryside if a single shot is fired.
Extremists who haven’t any courage to point out their faces whereas sitting on the back of their bikes and leading young individuals to distribute the peace of Awassa, thought that declaring a Kelli is as straightforward as harassing helpless road vendors. Declaring Kelli illegally isn’t as straightforward as accepting a bribe.
The individuals of the Southern Kelil, particularly residents of Awassa can’t tolerate the empty bravado and pompous speech of the ethnic extremists any longer. Individuals have been extremely upset with the current illegal conferences in the lodge conference rooms(lodge house owners are pressured to permit their convention rooms free of charge) referred to as by ethnic entrepreneurs to lecture individuals concerning the new Kelil. In one of the conferences, the non-Sidamas have been advised easy methods to behave if a new ‘Sidama Kelil’ is said. If any resident leaves Awassa after a brand new Kelil is said, they have been advised, he/she is going to by no means be allowed to enter Awassa again! The Sidama extremists are extremely daring and filled with themselves.
It isn’t troublesome to see that the extremists within the South of the country have critical problems. Those that didn’t commit a single crime through the twenty-seven years of the TPLF rule, resorted to all types of legal acts in the last one yr. Since Abiye got here to energy, they have acted as if they are above the regulation. They’ve miserably failed to know that exercising one’s democratic rights comes with duty.
The extremists mistook the federal government’s excessive endurance as a sign of weak spot. They turned laws unto themselves. They chose to genuflect to ethnic lords and the lobbying workplaces of ethnic chiefs like Juhar Mohammed to realize their wicked agenda. As an alternative of heeding the recommendation of the federal government officers inside the SNNPR and their brethren within the South, the Sidama ethnic entrepreneurs selected to belittle them. The extremists thought spreading hateful messages concerning the new head of the Electoral Board and the Peace Minister would assist their cause. Appeasing the Oromo extremists and waving the OLF flag, they thought, would take them to the promised land.
The Sidama Extremists should put their acts collectively. First, they need to cease preventing with their Sidama brothers that stay in the surrounding Awassa areas who oppose Kelil. . Secondly, Kelil isn’t a path to heaven. With out the individuals of Ethiopia, even if they have Kelil, it means nothing. Look how you might have destroyed the economic actions within the city within a yr, chasing away house consumers and buyers.
Thirdly, they need to stop day dreaming about proudly owning all the things in Awassa. Awassa belongs to its residents, and every Ethiopian has a stake in the metropolis including those that usually are not included within the so-called southern region. The Ethiopian authorities has also closely invested within the metropolis and has an upper hand in terms of matters that affect the lives of Ethiopians.
Prime minister Abiye has each cause to get indignant with the extremists within the South. The individuals in Awassa Awassa have been indignant for decades and they’ll proceed to enjoy the prime minister’s show whereas awaiting constructive in information concerning the status of Awassa.